Meet the Team: Kim Mercader

NAKA_Spark_LittleRed_Kim-Cropped-3Meet the Team is a blog feature that highlights one of Spark Event Management's talented staff members. This month we talk to our new Marketing Coordinator, Kim Mercader about how she landed her first big girl job with Spark.

1. What is your full name?

Kimberly Mercader

2. Where were you prior to Spark?

I recently graduated from Mount Royal University’s Public Relations program. While I was completing my degree, I have been balancing school and various internships and contract positions. The positions were all very different and I worked for a range of corporate, not-for-profit and even start-up organizations. I completed internships at a number of organizations, from Art Commons (previously known as EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts), the Calgary Airport Authority, PCL Construction, Soul Connexion, and the Aritzia Support Office in Calgary.

3. How did that work prepare you for working at Spark?

My experience over the past four years has prepared me for the wide range of tasks and projects I am responsible for at Spark. The agency life has a variety of clients, assignments and differing priorities and you need to be adaptable to all of these changes. You need to be able to prioritize but also commit to all the tasks assigned to you. It is a different change of pace and my marketing and communications background has given me ideas and inspiration that I can apply to our client projects and events.

4. What is the most surprising thing about the event industry?

I just wrapped up my first conference and I am surprised how much energy it took out of me! Events are definitely not as glamorous as you’d think, but definitely rewarding. Exhausting, but so worth it in the end!

5. What is something most people don't know about you?

For someone who is very detail oriented at work, my days off are the exact opposite. I enjoy taking it easy and not having a set plan. I love backpacking and travelling without an itinerary.

6. Describe yourself in three words.

Creative. Loyal. Intuitive.

7. Describe your work at Spark in one sentence.

Get Sh!# Done!

8. What is a typical "day in the life" of you look like?

Every day is different when you’re working with a variety of clients. I start my day working with our clients and managing their marketing and social media campaigns. This includes monitoring what’s going on in all the different industries we work in. The rest of the day is always a surprise. Priorities change, client demands shift and this usually shapes the day into something different than what I had planned. Nevertheless, there is never a dull moment.

9. What is the single best thing about your job?

As the youngest recruit on the team, I look up to my coworkers and cannot stress enough how much I learn every day. The best thing about my job is working with inspirational people who kick ass in what they do and they do it with a smile on!

10. What do you want people to know about Spark that they might not know from the website?

The dynamic and varied skillset of each of our team members ensure that all your bases are covered. We are amazing at what we do and are willing to go above and beyond to meet your needs. Our passion for events and our clients is reflected in every deliverable and in everything that goes out the door.

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